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May Day is looming, and the small town of Loxford is in chaos. All the potential May Queens are morally unsuitable. Desperate, the locals decide a May King will have to do instead. They choose the blameless Albert Herring, from the greengrocers. He isn't keen, but stuck firmly under his mother's thumb, he'll do what he is told. However, after one rum-laced lemonade at the May Day ceremony, Albert disappears, and even greater chaos ensues. Britten's sharply satiric take on village life makes for a glorious and very English comedy. A revival of the 1985 Festival production sponsored by Associated Newspapers Limited. Finish time 21:40Performers Allan Clayton (Albert Herring), Gwynne Geyer (Lady Billows), Susan Gorton (Florence Pike), Malin Christensson (Miss Wordsworth), Alan Opie (Mr Gedge), John Graham-Hall (Mr Upfold), Brindley Sherratt (Superintendent Budd), Jared Holt (Sid), Louise Poole (Nancy), Frances McCafferty (Mrs Herring).
Music Britten. Producer Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Conductor Gerard Korsten. Director Peter Hall. Director James Robert Carson (revival director). Design John Gunter. Lighting Keith Benson. Company London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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